I am not very much experienced in XML. But have some knowledge about DTD,
Sometime back, there was a fuzz about flat files. I had gone through it,
but could not find what I am interested in.
My problem is, I am looking for a way to convert a portion of XML file
into an excel sheet. Is there any utility, which provides such a
functionality, as Unidex people provide to convert XML into flat files???
From: John E. Simpson [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2000 11:18 AM
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Subject: Re: General XML Parsing... Part 2
At 09:01 AM 7/28/2000 -0500, Shelton, David C wrote:
>If anyone can give a quick answer, is there a way to take an
>document (with a DTD) and convert it to a CDF or EDI file using
>XSL? In other words, would I be able to write an XSL file (or Set
>OmniMark) to take any XML file and convert it with out having to
>it for each XML format that comes in?
Boy, a tool like this would be great, wouldn't it?
It'd also be pretty near impossible to build a tool that accepted
vocabulary as input and convert it to a given common vocabulary. Two
(1) The structure of any given input document would be completely
unpredictable. The tool would need to recognize XHTML, MathML, CML,
only knows what else.
(2) There's no guarantee that the problem domain of the input will
remotely map onto that of CDF or EDI. Suppose the vocabulary in
Netscape's XUL for controlling the browser's "skin." What would be a
CDF or EDI application that resulted from the conversion?
Now, you *could* make this work if you restricted the universe of
inputs to a subset of common-sense choices. But that wouldn't be a
army knife -- more like one of those fingernail-clipping tools that
includes a nailfile.
>And, going in the reverse, can I use OmniMark to make an XML file
out of a
>different format (I don't think XSL will work, right?). OR what
>IBM and SUN parsers/tools?
I'm not really familiar with OmniMark, but I am pretty sure this
possible as long as the input data is structured in a way that lends
to XML output. For an XSL transformation, the input's got to be XML,
that's out. I don't know what IBM/Sun tools you're referring to but
seems likely that if they're XML/XSLT tools, they'll be subject to
>My problem is that I need to be able to convert XML files into a
>format, and I also need to take a file format (unknown, but should
>similar to flat file) and create XML files. I will always have a
>requirement) to make sure everything is correct.
A question about converting between XML and flat files came up
the list. You might want to check out Unidex's XMLFlat/XMLConvert
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